MIT police officer Sean Collier was on the verge of realizing his dream of becoming a Somerville police officer when he was murdered in the line of duty.  On Friday, his family met with Governor Deval Patrick and local law enforcement officials at the State House in service of that dream. 

Sean Collier had already been offered the job as a Somerville police officer and was planning to join the department when he was shot and killed by the Boston Marathon Bombing Suspects. 

Now, the governor has signed a bill that allows Collier to be posthumously appointed to the Somerville Police department.

Somerville Mayor Joseph Curtatone said Collier gave so much of himself to Somerville, MIT, and the Somerville police department.

“He was the epitome of what a public servant should be.  He gave everything of himself for his friends, family, his community and his country,” Curtatone said. “For us, we all struggle to want to do something and we all want to remember and memorialize and say to our kids, ‘this is what a public servant is.”

Collier worked six years as a civilian for the Somerville police force before joining the MIT police in 2012.  Even when he was employed at MIT, Collier came back to volunteer for the Somerville police department and work on their website.  He was on pace to become a Somerville Officer on June 3.

Sadly, Collier never had the opportunity to see his ultimate dream realized.  Curtaone called the appointment a small token of gratitude.